By Bill Copeland on September 20, 2017
Some years ago, greater-Boston vocalist and harmonica player Brian Templeton got religion. The gentle giant, already a pleasant fellow to begin with, accepted the salvation that many musicians of our generation have accepted. Templeton expresses his faith and spirituality on this album Blue Testament. Whether or not fans of Templeton’s oldies rock and roll, vintage country, or blues feel the faith as deeply has he does, they should enjoy this work of powerful bluesy, rockin, swinging music. Not too many people can make gospel rock like Templeton can. It doesn’t hurt that Templeton has drummer Lorne Entress, keyboardist Dave Lamina, bassist Ed Spargo, and guitarist Lyle Brewer along for the ride.
By Bill Copeland on September 19, 2017
For greater-Boston/New England music fans who miss the days of the Rat music venue, The 5th Annual Rat Beach Party will feature 55 rock bands spanning over the last two weekends of September. Held at The C Note in Hull, Massachusetts on Nantasket Beach, the roster of bands performing will feature some of the bands that used to perform at The Rat in Boston, Massachusetts. Other lineups will include musicians who used to play in bands at The Rat. A host band for each day will be a notable local area band from the current greater-Boston music scene.
By Bill Copeland on September 13, 2017
Duquette’s latest CD Trust The Night is an unusual amalgamation of roots music and edgy, classic rock idioms. While his combination of genres and the strong musical personality he uses to weld them together make his music hard to pigeonhole, it also makes his music easy to like. There is a freewheeling sweep of musical styles that come together brilliantly and perfectly in each track.
By Bill Copeland on September 12, 2017
Hello Gentle Readers, Here are some helpful hints if you’re looking for something to do in the next three months, something to do with music that is. If you’re more into dinner theater, contra dancing, bowling, or the cinema, you had best check out another zine. I’ve got some shows to suggest featuring Durham County Poets, Pesky J. Nixon, Niki Luparelli, Sympli Whitney, Oktoberfest at the Beat, Atwood’s Tavern, and major events at Berklee Performance Center.
By Bill Copeland on September 11, 2017
HeatherFest 23 brought a day of good music and charitable causes to New England blues fans. For those in the blues community who still don’t know, HeatherFest is an annual backyard party/blues music festival behind the spacious home of Norton, Massachusetts resident Heather McKibben. McKibben lines up several blues each year, requests a $25 donation on the way in, and allows charities to set up tents and kiosks on one side of her tremendously huge back lawn. Yesterday, a woman named Sara Tagget from a suicide prevention group, Katrina Tagget Memorial Foundation, made a stirring speech about helping others who may be in despair. The foundation was named after Tagget’s daughter who was lost to suicide in 2008.
By Bill Copeland on September 7, 2017
Rhode Island musician-singer-songwriter John Juxo has recently released what might be this year’s best New England blues album. Long Distance Driver is at least one of the best to drop in 2017, Aside from offering his own raspy vocals and charming keyboards, Juxo has friends like singer Lisa Marie, saxophonist Myanna Pontoppidan, acoustic guitar player Alex Krepkikh and other area favorites helping him pump out tasty, greasy, toe-tapping blues numbers.
By Bill Copeland on September 6, 2017
Blue Duchess recording artists The Evenfall Quartet were missing a couple of its members at last night’s continuing residency at The Fairmount Grille in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. Saxophone player Arnie Krakowsky filled in for Mark Earley and piano player John Mulroy subbed for Joe “Sunny” Barbato.
By Bill Copeland on August 29, 2017
Swamp Thing — The Legend Of A Bayou Boy –Vol. 1 is an album of songs written by south of Boston musician-singer-songwriter Greedy Geezer. Greedy Geezer is the fellow who hosted a monthly Friday night jam of Americana musicians at Quincy’s Granite Rail Tavern. This album, recorded with musicians from those Friday night extravaganzas, reflect the Geezer’s interest in Americana roots music and early rock and roll. There’s plenty of guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums to keep this CD rocking. There are also plenty of banjo, accordion, and washboard to flavor it up in earthy idioms and rustic vibes. And it’s a whole heap of fun and a pile of energy.
By Bill Copeland on August 28, 2017
A good vibe was in the air yesterday in Marshfield, Massachusetts. The second day of the 22nd North River Blues Festival at Marshfield Fair offered a lot of variety as well as quality music. From the opening act to the headliner, yesterday’s North River Blues Festival, hosted by local blues radio personality Holly Harris, moved along with energy and nary a hitch and that keeping the vibe flowing from noon until past the 8:00 p.m. finale.
Summer close out Buzz Column: Dave Bailin, Ramble year 8, Atwood’s Tavern, Chianti Jazz Sessions, Marshfield Fair blues fest, Brooks Young Band, Greedy Geezer CD
By Bill Copeland on August 25, 2017
BillCopelandMusicNews.com is pleased and proud to bring you notice of some special music events coming up this weekend, the remainder of the month, and into September. You’ll see me, Bill Copeland, at some of these events. I’ll be the guy who is bald with glasses and goatee carrying a notebook, pen, and camera. Salem, Massachusetts […]